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Christie's Interiors Auction Kit, 2010



In June 2010, Christie's Interiors put this vampire killing kit up for auction in Brompton, West London. The description suggest that the public is becoming more educated about the dubious provenance of objects being presented as bona-fide antique kits. The lot description follows:

A VAMPIRE KILLING KIT
19th Centuty box with later additions

Containing crucifix and four stakes, Bible from 1873, European single- barrel percusion-box lock pocket pistol, iron-mounted shot flask, bullet mould, syringe, photograph of a priest, four vials and another crucifix, all of various dates from the nineteenth to late twentieth centuries.

18 in. (45.5 cm.) wide







What is so interesting is the effort to be clear about not representing this as a true antique: "To clarify the contents of the box were assembled in the second half of the 20th century."

Certainly, the box and several of the elements are vintage, but the vials are likely more modern, and the four crucifix-stakes have a contemporary look to their finish and design. There are no wear patterns evident.

Still, vampire-mania continues. The kit was expected to yield between $1,900 and $2,700. The kit sold for $8,712.